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Important Information for Families - October 5, 2020

Dear SPS Families,

Please see the message below that was just sent to the Coolidge School community.  I am forwarding it to all district families for your information and in the spirit of transparency.

Respectfully,

Joe Sawyer
Superintendent of Schools

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October 5, 2020

Dear Coolidge School Families,

We are communicating with you to inform you that earlier today we were notified that an individual in the Coolidge School community has tested positive for COVID-19.   

After consultation with the medical staff of the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance (who provides public health services to the Town of Shrewsbury), any potential close contacts are being notified of the need for quarantine and testing.  

Our students and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols we have in place to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 at school, including wearing masks, hand washing/sanitizing, maintaining physical distancing, and staying home when experiencing symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19.  Further, per our already established procedures, high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day, other surfaces are disinfected each night, and each school undergoes a deep disinfecting cleaning twice per week. 

Because of the protocols we have in place to mitigate against the spread of the virus, and because of the nature of this case, the school schedule will continue as planned.  This news of a positive case reminds us all why it is so very important for all of us to continue to follow safety protocols both at school and outside of school. 

We are committed to providing timely and transparent communication with all of the members of our school community regarding any issues related to COVID-19 that affect our schools.  If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us: Joe Sawyer, Superintendent of Schools, at jsawyer@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us; Tiffany Ostrander, Principal, at tostrander@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us; or Noelle Freeman, Director of School Nursing, at nfreeman@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

Respectfully,

Joe Sawyer                                        Tiffany Ostrander                      Noelle Freeman
Superintendent of Schools            Principal, Coolidge School        Director of School Nursing